Digital Catapult is the UK's leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, accelerating the adoption of new and emerging technologies to drive regional, national and international growth for businesses across the economy.
We work with a wide range of organisations to discover new ways of solving industry challenges. We do this across a range of technologies that are converging to form an emerging advacned digital technology stack: artificial intelligence and machine learning; 5G and the internet of things; virtual, augmented and mixed reality; and distributed ledger technologies.
Digital Catapult's team have deep technology expertise and help industry leaders address the challenges of digital disruption. Not only do we connect investors, startups, scaleups and traditional businesses, we take an active role in working with our partners to ensure continued success.
- In the last year we have worked hand in hand with over 570 tech startups and entrepreneurs
- We have forged more than 120 new industrial partnerships / collaborations
- We have engaged over 50 international partners
- 141 companies which we have worked with have raised over £320m in investment after engaging with Digital Catapult
- Since 2013, companies that have worked with Digital Catapult have attracted over £4bn in investment funding.
We promote early adoption in two key ways:
We connect large established companies, startup and scaleup businesses and researchers to discover new ways to solve big challenges in the manufacturing and creative industries. Through this collaboration businesses are supported to develop the right technologies to solve problems, increase productivity and open up new markets faster.
We provide physical and digital facilities for experimentation and testing that would otherwise not be accessible for smaller companies.
As well as breaking down barriers to technology adoption for startups and scaleups, our work de-risks innovation for large enterprises and uncovers new commercial applications in immersive, future networks, and artificial intelligence technologies.
Digital Catapult Testbeds & trials
Broadcasting & Media Technologies, Creative Industries
This project will take full advantage of 5G to deliver new and exciting in-stadium digital experiences. Learn more...
- Started on: 13 Jan 2021
Manufacturing & Automation
5G Factory of the Future
BAE, Advanced Manufacturing Catapult and IBM will lead a large project in Preston that ultimately aims to deliver the Tempest fighter jet at half its current cost, and to drive UK global manufacturing Learn more...
- Started on: 1 Aug 2020
The ‘5G Festival’ (5GF) project will demonstrate how 5G can enable the empowerment of the music industry to bring live festivals and music events to audiences no matter where they are in the world. Learn more...
- Started on: 1 Aug 2020
5G Testbed Accelerator Programme
A 20 week accelerator programme empowering startups to discover, develop and test next generation connectivity with 5G facilities and experts Learn more...
- Started on: 1 May 2020
- Lead by: Digital Catapult
5PRING is the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerator. Learn more...
- Started on: 27 Mar 2020
- Lead by: West Midlands 5G
Academic / Research & Development
INITIATE Is Open for Collaboration
Potential collaborators are invited to pitch ideas to INITIATE, an EPSRC-funded project, which is spearheading research into the future capabilities of the Internet. Learn more...
- Started on: 14 Jan 2020
The UK’s first non-academic 5G testbed is aimed at helping innovative businesses develop new products and services that can benefit from the technologies. Learn more...
- Started on: 26 Sep 2018